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Gordale Winter

Gordale Winter
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Copyright: Doug Whincup (dougsphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 5 N: 190] (849)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-17
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-18 13:21
Viewed: 3155
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A shot taken on a very crisp wintry walk in Gordale up in the Yorkshire Dales - in the heart of dramatic limestone landscapes - as you walk up this valley it closes in and becomes a steep dramatic canyon carved in the limestone and this stream tumbles down from the top - on this walk it wasn't possible to clamber right up the valley as the rocks were almost sheer ice!

I hoped this shot might demonstrate the flat bottom, steep sided geology of the valley, and I liked the converging perspective of the stream / limestone scars.

The metering of the D80 struggled with the high hey bright winter sun and produced a number of overly-contrasty shots and overexposed washed out skies, most of my shots from the day are no good unfortunately. I have since googled and found this to be a common issue - the D80 matrixing is set by default to produce "punchy" shots and as a result the dynamic range can suffer and often overexposes highlights... so am now trying different settings to try combat this disappointment - hoping for some better controlled shots soon....

Hope you like it. Thanks for looking, Doug

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To ClaraS: Camerasdougsphotos 1 02-20 04:31
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Considering your notes have explained the "over exposures" so well, I feel you have done well to produce this shot, and geologically, very interesting, TFS

wow this scenery is just stunnin! TFS - i didnt know its - thanks for sharing ;) now I know. :-) about my sunrise.. i hav used my good, old camera Fuji Finepix A340 :-)
Kind Regards
Clara S

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-20 6:04]

Ah yes, Gordale Scar, just up the river and round the corner! I have posted a shot from here too if you're interested. I stayed on that campsite for a few days, what a great spot.
Anyway, despite this ever so slighty bright light, which you have explained, it's still a great composition, and not one that would have sprung to my mind when i was there. I actually scrambled up those slopes to the top...not advised, bl**dy hard work on that scree! Great work mate, hope you got some more from this amazing location.

Well done! I like the converging perspective

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